Puzzles, friends, and a really good cake

Greetings from Michigan!  I arrived at CMU late last night to visit Amanda & Alyssa, and we’ve had a fabulous time catching up, sharing stories about grad school life (they’re both getting their masters in speech-language pathology), and laughing about the time we almost ended our friendship (aka Beaver Island).

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Amanda, Alyssa, and me.  Photocredit to a tree branch.

Last night they introduced me to the show Once Upon a Time on ABC, a mixture of fairy tales and real life, and maybe my new show to keep up with.  Season 3 starts on Sunday, September 29th, so everyone in my boat has two weeks to catch up on seasons 1 and 2.  We enjoyed the pilot episode on Alyssa’s bed with cheese & honey mustard flavored pretzel pieces.

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We spent the next morning with coffee, breakfast cake (Amanda made this cake and it was SO GOOD), and Pinterest wedding boards.  I have clearly found my people because this is the perfect way to spend a Friday night and Saturday morning/afternoon.  I promise the only reason I am wearing real clothes and not pajamas in the picture below is because I ran earlier and had to shower.

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Now we’re working on a Disney puzzle, listening to Train pandora, and trying to get hungry enough to eat more cake.

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See how Snow White’s face and arms are put together and nothing else is?  That’s because either Alyssa is exceptionally skilled at puzzles, Amanda and I are super struggling, or both.  Currently, Amanda and I are both taking a break to blog & pinterest and Alyssa is puzzling-away.  I think I only put together six pieces.

Now let’s talk about running.  (Bye Laura and Andrea!)

Thursday: 7mi tempo: 8:42, 8:10, 7:24, 7:17, 7:20, 7:13, 8:09.  This run was actually in the afternoon (remember the day I almost ran 15 early in the morning and then didn’t?)  I ran a flat course, but I was surprised that I was able to crank out the faster miles.

Friday: 60 minutes of mixed weights.  This was a spur of the moment decision at 5:00am, so I drove to the rec center and did a full body workout with weights for the first time in a long time.  I forgot how good it feels to make your muscles shake from weights, so I’m going to have to add this back on the schedule.  But I think my biggest accomplishment that day was showering/getting ready for clinic/packing/loading my car for Michigan all in 30 minutes!

Saturday: 8 mile tempo at CMU.  8:38, 7:56, 7:44, 7:34, 7:39, 7:36, 7:29, 7:38.  It was so awesome to be on my old stomping grounds–I tried to combine all of my favorite routes into one.  Such a beautiful morning though it was 37 degrees out.  I only packed shorts & short sleeves, but I think I warmed up by mile 5.

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